The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression

The New Black Mourning Melancholia and Depression What happens when we lose someone we love A death a separation or the break up of a relationship are some of the hardest times we have to live through In this book Darian Leader urges us to look bey

  • Title: The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression
  • Author: Darian Leader
  • ISBN: 9780241143179
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What happens when we lose someone we love A death, a separation or the break up of a relationship are some of the hardest times we have to live through In this book, Darian Leader urges us to look beyond the catch all concept of depression to explore the deeper, unconscious ways in which we respond to the experience of loss.

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    1. This is a fascinating and necessary study in which Leader, a psychoanalyst practicing in London, argues for the fundamental importance of psychotherapy in our dealing with personal loss. Leader contends that the medical community has over-medicated the problems of mourning and melancholia, causing a decline in the communicative, voiced aspects of psychotherapy that permit people to engage in a "dialogue of mournings." Psychotherapy permits a verbalization of the unconscious causes of mourning an [...]

    2. This is as gloomy as the title suggests, but somehow extremely necessary reading. It's an exploration of what it means to be melancholy, how the meaning of that word has changed over the years with the advent of the concept of 'depression' and the treatment pathways offered for it. It's also a study on loss - of all kinds (there's even mention of mourning the loss of books, which I'm sure all of us here can empathise with) - and I particularly liked the idea that when we lose someone we don't ju [...]

    3. "Como observó la psicoanalista Ginette Raimbault, el trabajo de escritores, artistas, poetas y músicos es muy importante para ayudar a sacar a la luz la naturaleza universal de lo que siente una persona en duelo, pero no en el sentido de que todos sentirán lo mismo. Por el contrario, 'Lo que nadie puede entender de mi dolor, alguien puede expresarlo en tal forma que yo pueda reconocerme a mí misma en lo que no puedo compartir'".

    4. Darian is a psychoanalysist who wants to ring the bell. There are to many diagnosis that say: 'depression'. According to him this is caused by economic interests and a culture that demands quick measurable solutions. We all know this critique, sadly Darian does not go into any effort to show any proof of this.What he does do is give genealogy of grief and melancholy with lots of examples from the fields of psychiatric, anthropology, art and psychological theory. In this way he hopes to show that [...]

    5. For some reason it took me ages to get through, I think this was probably both because it was so thought-provoking and also because the arguments weren't always very clearly structured. Still it's quite brilliant.

    6. This book interested me (by the title). The author starts out making his point vehemently that the drug companies want you to be depressed so they can make lots of money, which is partially true. But, this book then began to become immensely enlightening for me personally. Relating to feelings of loss and over self-abuse, I was very much relating to the melancholic attributes. Also, the subjects of mourning and dealing with losing a loved one. This was all incredibly poignant. If you are going t [...]

    7. Darian Leader's book examines the process of mourning largely from a Freudian perspective, but also incorporates other ideological slants. Leader also differentiates between mourning as being a state in which one is going through the process of losing a love one with melancholia which is defined as a more persistent state of sadness. While the book does deal with the concept and process of depression, it mostly places the concept of depression within mourning and melancholia as opposed to dealin [...]

    8. Alleen al deze paragraaf:To treat depression on the same model as, say, an infection requiring antibiotics, is always a dangerous decision. The medicine will not cure what has made the person depressed in the first place, and the more that the symptoms are seen as signs of deviance or unadapted behaviour, the more the sufferer will feel the weight of the norm, of what they are supposed to be. They become casualties of today's view of human beings as 'resources', in which a person is just a unit [...]

    9. Darian Reader is convinced that the existence of death and loss which is around us every day is often denied. In this book Darian Leader writes clearly, intelligently, concisely and thoughtfully about loss and about the process of grieving.Leader believes pills and cognitive behavioral therapy are used more then is necessary in our society that seems focussed on quick fixes.Darian suggests we need to redefine depression "as a set of symptoms that derive from complex and always different human st [...]

    10. Psychoanalyst Leader separates modern depression into two older categories; mourning and melancholia. He despairs of the reliance on drugs to treat mental illness these days and plumps for talk therapy. He has interesting things to say about anger displacement but his willingness to accept that the unconscious will always reveal deeper truth isn't persuasive on the whole. Especially when dream analysis is the center of this therapy. And is melancholia always related to the death of a loved one? [...]

    11. cultureel antropologische en historisch boek over rouwen en de belangrijke functies en vormen van rouw: een interessant (zelfhulp)boek voor de intellectueel die liever indirect over de pijn van verlies leest, plus een interessante kijk op rouw als fenomeen. werkte voor mij als prima troost boek en intellectuele voeding na overlijden van mijn vader, maar lijkt me ook prima te lezen zonder zo'n verlies, het is immers zo'n veelzeggend onderdeel van onze kijk op het leven, verdriet en verlies.

    12. Book that talks about morning, grieving, melancholia and depression, given more relevance to the psychoanalythic way of thinking, which are very insightful in some perspectives, oder to methaphoric, but an add to the mourning and melancholic problems - not really problems, but what are their functions in human intrapsychic life.

    13. Amazing book by a profound and poetic thinker. Leader's ideas are revelatory and original and his writing is beautiful. I simply cannot understand why he's not better known, except that it seems our culture has abandoned the richness and complexities of psychology in favor of the mechanics of the brain.

    14. A companion book that helps make sense of the loops in ones head. A few things went over my head. I felt the ending was open ended, where I was looking for closure - but one must achieve that oneself, or not.

    15. This study offers a different view on depression on mourning. It also shows the downsides of CBT and how in modern psychiatry symptoms are often treated without really acknowledging the underlying problem. Interesting read.

    16. I thought this book was extraordinary, complex but clear. Helped me think about what was happening in my life in a whole new way. I'd recommend it highly.

    17. truly stunning book, thought provoking a must for anyone dealing with any kind of loss or those helping others through it.

    18. Als er een bijbel over 'depressie' bestaat, dan is dit hem. Leader legt naadloos de diepste vezels van rouw en melancholie bloot. Lees dit boek, follow the Leader!

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